Sri Lanka tourist arrivals fall 18-pct in Nov 2008

Jan 15, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals fell 18.2 percent in November to 36,091 with key generating markets of Western Europe down 28.2 percent and South Asia down 12.6 percent, the tourist promotion office said. In the 11 months to November arrivals were down 10 percent to 389,550.

November 2008, Western European arrivals were down 28.2 percent, to 12,879

In the month of November arrivals from Britain were down 2836 percent, to 5,671 and German arrivals were down 27 percent, to 2,922.

September French tourist arrivals had increased by 41.9 percent, to 996.

Total visitors from South Asian were down 18.2 percent, to 10,843. Indian visitors were down 30 percent to 6,321 and Pakistan down 20 percent to 528.

However tourist arrivals from the Maldives were up by 18.8 percent, to 3,756, in September 2008.

Eastern European arrivals were up by 27.1 percent, to 4,016. Russian arrivals had shot up by 34.4 percent, to 2,278.

Middle East arrivals had increased by 14.4 percent, to 961, East Asian tourist arrivals had come down by 18.8 percent, to 3,935. Visitor Numbers

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals fall 18-pct in Nov 2008

Japanese arrivals plunged by 41.8 percent, to 682, while arriva